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Story and photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN

September 29,2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Velox Valkyries hosted the Nanaimo Hornets on Saturday at Velox Field. The Valkyries defeated the Hornets 39 – 15 and are now tied with Cowichan RFC at the top of the VIRU standings.

The Valkyries got out to an early lead, weathered a late 1st half comeback by the Hornets, then settled back into their game for a strong 2nd half and the victory.

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The Velox Valkyries kept the Nanaimo Hornets scorers in check thanks to tackles like this one from Lynzi Anderson. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

Velox, who are undergoing a rebuilding of sorts, got tries from 5 different players – Jessie Wallace (1), Karen Battie (2), Lynzi Anderson (2), Selina McGinnis (1) and Elissa Alarie (1) with Monique Boag connecting on a pair of converts. Nanaimo scorers were Kairis Gingerysty, Chelsea Gillis and Arlene McGuff with 1 try each.


Velox’s Erin Webb finds some open field with Selina McGinnis following in support during Saturday’s 39 – 15 win over the Nanaimo Hornets. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

Valkyries interim coach Marlene Donaldson was pleased with the team’s performance, “We played well today, there are still some things we need to work on but I was happy to see the scoring spread around. It’s important that we don’t rely on one or two players to do it all.”


Valkyries’ Lynzi Anderson breaks free from the grip of Hornets’ Arlene McGuff during VIRU Women’s Rugby action on Saturday. Anderson scored two tries in Velox’s 39 – 15 win. (photo by Glenn Ivens)


Karen Battie plunges over the try line to score one of her two tries against the Nanaimo Hornets. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

After opening with a tough road loss to Cowichan on the opening weekend the Valkyries have rolled off 3 straight wins and appear to be coming into their own. With the loss of the majority of their starters from last season, several of the players are slotting into new roles and with that comes some adjustment if they continue to improve at the current rate they should once again challenge for both the VIRU and BCRU Provincial titles.


Velox’s Monique Boag leaves Nanaimo Hornets tackler behind during Saturdays VIRU match at Velox Field. (photo by Glenn Ivens)